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    Criticwire Picks: Festival Hits 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Oslo, August' Top New Releases

    With many moviegoers tuned to the news from Cannes this week, it's a light time for number of new U.S. releases. Appropriately, two former Cannes films are tied for the top score among our Criticwire members with B+ averages -- one that took the fast track to theaters and another that stopp...

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    Criticwire Picks: Russian Drama 'Elena' Celebrates Cannes-iversary

    Twelve months after its premiere, Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest headlines the week of new releases.

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    Criticwire Picks: A Pair of Docs Lead the Way

    Critics rarely seem to agree about the quality of documentaries. Perhaps it’s the volume of feedback or the way that buzz more gathers more easily around narrative features. Regardless, the two films with the highest averages this week break that trend.

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    Criticwire Picks: A Pair of Korean Films Take the Top Spots

    This weekend’s newest offerings in theaters and on-demand are a tad more modest than past weeks. There’s no hyped-up meta-movie or Oscar-nominated foreign film. But there’s one release that has distinguished itself as our Criticwire pick of the week.

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    Criticwire Picks: 'Cabin in the Woods' Tops a Busy Weekend

    At least among members of Indiewire's Criticwire Network, "The Cabin in the Woods" is one of the best reviewed movies so far this year. The only catch is that most critics don't want to spoil it.

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    Criticwire Picks: Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Mostly Worth the Wait

    Fourteen years after "The Last Days of Disco," Whit Stillman has a movie in theaters again. And critics generally like it. With a "B" average from Indiewire's Criticwire Network, "Damsels in Distress" is this week’s Criticwire Pick of the Week.

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    Criticwire Picks: 'The Island President' Highlights a Weekend of Dealing with Threats

    This weekend at the cinema is brought to you by the struggles of youth. Whether the threat is unnamed (emerging sexuality; a faceless, mystical home invader) or, perhaps more shockingly, entirely tangible (other kids), children are at the center of nearly all these tales.

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    Criticwire Picks: "The Raid: Redemption" Finally Breaks Free For Wider Audience

    Among members of Indiewire's Criticwire network, "The Raid: Redemption" first started gathering steam when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. To date, Gareth Evans' tale of an Indonesian SWAT team that must take on a high-rise building teem...

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